How to Make Homemade Candy Apples


It's difficult to go to a fall carnival without enjoying a juice candy apple. Don't confuse caramel apples with candy apples--candy apples are a different treat and one that should not be missed. So buy or pick a dozen of your favorite variety of apples and get started making homemade candy apples.

Step 1

Pull the stems off of your apples, remove any stickers placed on them at the store and wash them thoroughly under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels.

Step 2

Insert a craft stick into each apple from either the stem end or the flower end. Push the stick more than halfway into the apple, directly into the core.

Step 3

Mix 2 cups white sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Stir with a wooden spoon and heat on the stove until a candy thermometer confirms that the mixture has reached 300 to 310 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir in 8 drops of food coloring.

Step 4

Spread sheets of wax paper on a flat surface while the mixture is heating. Cover approximately a 2-foot-by-2-foot area with the wax paper.

Step 5

Pick up your apples up by the stick and dip them into the heated candy mixture. Turn the apples to coat them evenly, and then quickly set them one by one on the wax paper to cool, with the sticks pointed up.

Step 6

Wait 30 minutes for the candy coating to cool and harden before eating.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not touch the sugar mixture while it is hot; it can cause severe burns.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 apples
  • Paper towels
  • 12 craft sticks
  • Waxed paper
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 8 drops food coloring
  • Medium saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Candy thermometer


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Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for TV, everything from SMURFS to SPIDER-MAN.